September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Report for August 28

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Rochester Red Wings, 9-2, Friday night at Frontier Field. Tyler Moore, playing his first Syracuse game of the year on Major-League rehab, homered and drove in three runs as the Chiefs took the final meeting of the year between the clubs.

Syracuse (60-74) started the scoring in the first. Emmanuel Burriss reached on a bunt single with one out. Moore followed with his first RBI of the game, a double to left field, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Kevin Keyes continued the scoring in the second. Keyes launched his seventh home run of the season off starter Taylor Rogers to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Chiefs put the game out of reach in the third. Burriss led off with a single. Moore then stuck again, launching a two-run homer into the bullpen in left field to push the lead to 4-0. Syracuse didn’t stop there. Jason Martinson reached on an error on shortstop Danny Santana. After a groundout, Kevin Keyes singled to put runners on the corners. Caleb Ramsey followed with an RBI single to give the Chiefs a 5-0 lead. The Red Wings went to the bullpen and Tim Shibuya came in to pitch. Shibuya allowed a triple to Scott Sizemore, scoring Keyes and Ramsey to break open the game at 7-0. Dan Butler followed with a double to finish off a six-run third inning and give Syracuse an 8-0 lead.

The Chiefs added a ninth run in the eighth inning. Three straight hits from Sizemore, Butler and Darin Mastroianni loaded the bases with no one out. After Alex Meyer retired two straight batters, Sizemore scored on a passed ball by catcher Eric Fryer to score the Chiefs’ ninth run.

Syracuse returns home to open a three-game series with Lehigh Valley. Richard Bleier is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite David Buchanan for the IronPigs. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Behind 18 hits, the Harrisburg Senators blitzed the Erie SeaWolves in a 14-1 drubbing on Friday night at Jerry Uht Park. Harrisburg (63-69) jumped out to a 10-run lead after three innings and cruised the rest of the way to win the second game of their four-game series.

Each Harrisburg starter except second baseman Reegie Corona had at least two hits in the offensive explosion. Seven of the original nine in the lineup scored at least one run with Chris Bostick leading the way with three scores. Isaac Ballou kept the hot bat going as the outfielder drove in four runs on a double and triple. Adrian Sanchez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Brian Goodwin chipped in three hits as well.

Harrisburg starter Brian Rauh threw seven strong innings allowing only one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six. Staked to the early lead, Rauh (2-4) was efficient and attacked Erie hitters as he threw only 86 pitches. Matt Purke, just activated off the disabled list, and Abel De Los Santos each worked a scoreless inning in relief.

The Senators square off against the SeaWolves in the third game of their four-game set on Saturday evening with John Simms on the mound, starting at 7:05 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): On Friday evening at Salem Memorial Ballpark in front of a sellout crowd (6,324) overlooking LewisGale Field, the Potomac Nationals (60-70 Overall, 29-38 Road, 27-33 Second Half) were thumped by the Salem Red Sox (60-70 Overall, 31-36 Home, 22-38 Second Half) in an 8-1 one-sided clash.

A series Game Two victory for Salem assured the Red Sox of at least a series split in the four-game set.

Nationals starter, LHP Matthew Spann (2-7) was hit with his seventh loss of the 2015 journey after allowing four runs (two earned runs) on just three hits in 4.0 frames. Spann walked three, fanned four, hit a batter with the bases loaded, and unleashed one wild pitch.

Meanwhile, Salem LHP Daniel McGrath (3-6) earned his third win with 6.0 innings of one-run hurling. McGrath allowed just two base hits, a single off the bat of Potomac 3B David Masters and a double socked by C Zach Wright while walking a pair and striking out a quartet.

Potomac arms walked a total of eight Red Sox hitters and tossed three wild pitches in the contest as Nationals reliever, LHP Jake Walsh was hit hard and could not find the strike zone consistently. Walsh pitched 3.0 innings and served up four earned runs on four hits, five walks, and two wild offerings.

The Nationals’ lone run scored in the 5th inning as Potomac SS Stephen Perez earned a leadoff free pass to first base and later in the frame scored on a sac fly lofted by Masters to right field.

P-Nats RHP Derek Self turned in the only one-two-three inning for the Nationals’ defense on the night in the 8th with one strikeout to his line.

The Red, White, and Blue have now committed six errors in their last two games after making three errors in their set opener with Salem and three more defensive miscues on Friday night.

Potomac left nine men on base and went hitless (0-for-5) with runners in scoring position.

The P-Nats’ elimination number in the second half playoff race is now one with their loss.

Nationals RHP Jeff Howell (0-1, 3.00) looks for his first career Carolina League win in a standoff with Red Sox RHP Ty Buttrey (8-8, 3.99) on Saturday night in series Game Two.

Howell, a former professional catcher, converted to a mound worker just this season.  First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): The Hagerstown Suns (29-31, 64-64) could not score after the second inning on Friday night, falling to the Lakewood BlueClaws (33-27, 66-62) by a final of 4-1. The win secured the series win and the season series win for the BlueClaws, while the three losses for Hagerstown in the series officially eliminated the Suns from postseason contention.

Starting RHP Erick Fedde (0-2) suffered the loss for the Suns. He threw five innings, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four.

In the third game of the series on Thursday night the Suns held Lakewood scoreless for the first eight innings en route to a 3-1 win. Starting RHP Andrew Lee (3-0) set the tone for Hagerstown by giving up just two hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings to earn the win. LHP David Napoli followed, going 2.2 innings without allowing a run and striking out four. RHP Koda Glover earned his fourth save of the year, despite surrendering one run in the ninth. In 1.1 innings he gave up the one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Suns pitching totaled 12 strikeouts in the game, one shy of the team’s high for a game this season.

In game two of the series on Wednesday night 1B Damek Tomscha broke a 6-6 tie with a solo homerun over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth to give Lakewood the 7-6 win. Hagerstown had two homeruns of its own in the game, including a grand slam by RF Jeff Gardner in the second inning. It was RHP Ryan Brinley (1-2) who gave up the game-winning homerun to Tomscha, and thus he got tagged with the loss. In one inning in relief that was the only hit he allowed.

In the first game of the series on Tuesday night the Suns fell behind 6-0 after three innings and could never recover, dropping the game by a final of 6-3. All six Lakewood runs were charged to Suns starting RHP Justin Amlung (3-3), who got tagged with the loss. Despite his early struggles Amlung wound up pitching seven innings for a second consecutive start. He allowed nine hits, walked one, struck out two, and five of the six runs charged against him were earned.

In total Lakewood out-scored Hagerstown 18-13 in the series, and the BlueClaws outhit the Suns 31-25. The Suns next head back home to Hagerstown to take on the Kannapolis Intimidators (24-34, 59-68) in a five-game series beginning on Saturday, August 29. The Suns will send RHP Luis Reyes (6-7) to the mound on Saturday for his 24th start and appearance this season. He will square off against RHP Kelvis Valerio (1-2) for Kannapolis. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 7:05pm.

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